A previously unknown accuser in the current criminal case versus R&B singer and implicated sexual predator R. Kelly is breaking an contract to stay confidential and speaking openly for the first time.
Lanita Carter, the singer’s previous hair stylist, is among the 4 accusers included in the 10 counts of intensified criminal sexual abuse for which Chicago authorities arrested Kelly last month, after the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” catalyzed restored public attention to the decades of sexual assault allegations versus the singer.
“This is a release,” Carter stated in an interview with CBS N ews that aired Thursday. “I’ve been bring this given that 2003. I wear’t desire to be in the public, however this is my life. If I pass away tomorrow, I understand that I told the fact.”
Carter, who was 24 at the time of the alleged sexual assault in February 2003, claims that Kelly propositioned her to perform oral sex on him. When she refused, Carter says, he masturbated and consistently spat in her face, only stopping when somebody knocked on the door.
“Fix your face. Fix your motherfucking face,” Carter states Kelly informed her.
According to Carter, she reported the occurrence to cops that exact same day. A semen sample on her shirt matched DNA from Kelly, however prosecutors chose not to charge him. He later reached a confidential settlement with Carter, rejecting any wrongdoing and paying $650,000 to silence her.
“Celebrities are effective. Celebs have support systems,” Carter said. “I had no support system exterior of my instant household.”
After the Lifetime documentary series in January, officials in Chicago asked accusers to come forward, and Carter reacted. Weeks later, Kelly was jailed for the charges brought by Carter, as well as 3 underage accusers.
“I would be going on with my day, you turn on the news, here’s another R. Kelly victim, another R. Kelly victim, another R. Kelly victim, and you simply want to be there for them,” Carter said Thursday.
In addition to his arrest for the sexual attack charges, Kelly has been in and out of jail for not paying child assistance to his ex-wife Andrea, who has implicated him of domestic violence.
The singer and his legal representative have continually denied the numerous accusations versus him, which include sexually abusing teenage girls, running a so-called sex cult and holding females against their will. In 2008, a Chicago jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges involving an declared tape of him sexually attacking a 14- year-old woman.
Earlier this month, Kelly attempted to safeguard himself in an explosive and belligerent interview with CBS host Gayle King.
Carter said that watching the interview offered her even more willpower to speak out.
“It felt like it ought to be a criminal offense to openly inform the story, that he [was] able to get on tv and lie,” she stated. “It’s in fact the reason that I’m here.”
According to CBS N ews, Carter is being represented by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti. Avenatti was charged Monday for apparently attempting to extort Nike and, in a different case, embezzling a customer’s cash and defrauding a bank by falsifying tax returns.
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